Brave New Voices Festival

The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, powered by Youth Speaks, is the only festival of its kind. Every year, over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene in a different U.S. city for 4-5 days of arts education, artistic expression, and civic engagement.

2019 Brave New Voices Festival 2019 Application

For the first time ever, Youth Speaks will host the Brave New Voices Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada! We cannot wait to embark on this historic journey with you all bringing youth voice, poetry and story to the city of lights with the support of Zappos, the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, Writer's Block and Black Mountain Institute.

Both competing and non-competing team applications are due on April 26th, 2019. Application status updates will be provided by April 29th, 2019 along with other pertinent information. Apply now and continue to power the movement of young people as agents of social transformation through the power of spoken word poetry!



The BNV Festival Future Corps is a cohort of BNV alumni (19-24 years old) who attend the BNV festival in July to serve as hosts, organizers, late-night facilitators, and culture keepers.

The purpose of the BNV Festival Future Corps Program is to facilitate opportunities for alumni to continue to make a lasting contribution to the Brave New Voices community, while also learning valuable skills in producing and facilitating major events at the festival at large. In exchange for their contributions, BNV Festival Future Corps members will be provided with travel to the festival, housing, meals, and a $500 stipend. We encourage first time and returning Future Corps members to apply!

We are excited to announce Darius Parker and Tianna Bratcher as this year's Future Corp Directors!

Applications due April 5th, 2019.


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